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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My ex and I bought a dog. We broke up. What our my odds of getting the dog? She wants to share the dog I do not.

The dog is on my credit card and I'm the main name on the vet and doggy day care record. I have credit card records showing all of the food and toys I have purchased for him. Also have all of the vet bills and 6 out of 8 are on my credit card. The last 4 months (post breakup) I have made a note of... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Nov 25, 2019

Do you seriously believe a Court will want to get involved in this matter? I can understand that a dog is almost like a child, but a Judge may not be so tolerant. Perhaps you could give you ex a different dog to try to work this out?

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: How do I subpoena dog bite records from another state of my daughter for civil suit?

She was in Pa I’m in NJ.

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Sep 11, 2019

This is not a self-help project! Trying to represent yourself in Court is a bad idea. Not only are you emotionally involved, but you are not a trained attorney. You do not know the Court Rules, Rules of Evidence, case law, nor are you trained how to handle a legal case, especially if litigation is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Are we legally responsible to pay for our dog attacking a neighbor's cat in our yard?

My son and his wife were staying with us. My son left for the opposite coast and left his dog. My husband walked the dog in our yard and it attacked our neighbor's cat which was in our yard. My husband got the neighbor who took the cat to the vet. She demanded that we get the dog out of the... Read more »

Karra Kingston
Karra Kingston answered on May 2, 2019

It’s hard to answer without more facts. I would advise speaking with an attorney

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury, Consumer Law and Products Liability for New Jersey on
Q: Q: i purchased a dog from an American Kennel Club dog breeder. She breeds dogs in her home in Pine Brook New Jersey.

I would like to sue her for my Costs.

Plu the Akc for fraud .she is not registered as a breeder for taxes and breeds in a residential area. she gave me fraudulent papers to register with the AKC that do not belong to my dog. My dog was born with horrible genetic health issues . She... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Apr 13, 2019

Unfortunately you failed to ask a question and only made a statement, I suggest resubmitting a question.

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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: What if the dog bites a hired pet sitter in the sitter’s own home while the dog owner is away?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Oct 25, 2018

The dog sitter would be entitled to compensation for his or her injuries.

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1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: i live in nj and bought a puppy from someone in north carolina who advertised her as akc registered, she is not.

i never got a contract but agreed to 4 puppies back. she will not provide me with proof of akc reg. she is also now saying she does not owe half the vet bills relating to delivery. i told her it would have to be 2 puppies this litter 2 puppies next litter. she is threatening court. where would... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Aug 2, 2018

This is not the type of transaction that you should engage in long distance. If she does chose to sue you, it would be in NC. A signed contract is not essential to this matter. Threatening to sue someone is easy, actually doing it successfully is not.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: My dog was stolen, I know who took him and about where the person lives, my local police say theft of an animal

is a civil matter not a criminal one and there is nothing can do, is that correct?

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on May 12, 2018

In general a dog is considered personal property, it is not a person.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: I found a lost dog and i thought i was being a good Samaritan now the shelter is tryi g to get me i trouble ?

What are my rights .

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on May 11, 2018

A dog like a cell phone when found is generally another persons property so you cannot keep it and must turn it in. If that is your problem and you get charged hire a criminal lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Got summons for court for leash law. My dog broke off leash and bit other dog. Other dog bit me
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Mar 15, 2018

The only fact that is relevant here for the court is whether your dog was on a leash or not. If your looking for a defense you should at least speak with a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: I left my dog in my old apartment while moving for a few hours he got stuck bedroom and cops came and removed him

Neighbors called the cops for him crying as he locked himself in the room while I was at my new apartment unpacking I returned about 6 hours later and he was gone what do I do ? The police said there was feces and pee on the floor and are trying to give me an animal cruelty charge but simply he... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Mar 8, 2018

More information is needed, but you need to hire a lawyer generally this charge comes with up to 180 days in jail, $1000 fine and probation and community service. Most of us criminal lawyers offer a free in office consultation, I suggest you set one up ASAP.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: What's the legal cause I can take a cat away from someone not capable of caring for him?

My mom has been helping a woman with Parkinson's. She has a dog and a cat. She was hospitalized for 10 days and the pets stayed with us at our house. She left the hospital AMA today and went back to her (disgusting) apartment and we had to give her the pets back. I want to find a reason I can take... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 18, 2018

You can contact the local SPCA office, but it also may get her in trouble and animals are great for people recovering from medical problems.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: My cousin lives in NJ and was biten by a dog. The dog also attached two children who were getting on the school bus.

the owner of the dog is a renter with no insurance, can she sue the homeowner? This man owns 3 pitbulls and they came in a pact though only one bit my cousin. She is 67 and does not know what to do

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jan 29, 2018

First she needs to call the police and have that dog listed a viscous dog, as for who she can sue I suggest that she contacts a personal injury lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for New Jersey on
Q: Can an adoption agency really come on my property anytime to inspect conditions of an adopted animal per contract?

Want to adopt an animal and we have glowing references and should have no problem adopting but the agency not only wants a video tour of our home (to be viewed by strangers we've never met) but also writes into their contract that they have the right to come on our property any time in the future... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Dec 20, 2017

Maybe and probably yes, if you give them the right to do it, but a lawyer would need to read the contract to tell you what your rights and liabilities would be under the agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: tenant got arrested &restraining order put on him . He left behind animals can I have the humane society come get them?

The tenant was arrested for a domestic violence against myself and has previous history of terroristic threats towards myself and others.

Marcel Wurms
Marcel Wurms answered on Dec 4, 2017

Yes, you should call them or a shelter immediately. If your town has an animal control officer, you can contact them. The police department could also possibly help you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can a veterinarian make you apply for a credit card before working out a payment plan if you refuse the card app?

I had a sick dog and the vet was willing to see the dog. I explained I couldn't afford the bill this month but I would be able to pay it off next month (which I have done this before with my vet and they never had a problem with doing this), only this time, I was told that I had to apply for their... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 30, 2017

The fact is by law the vet does not need to offer you a payment plan and can demand payment at or before services are rendered, thus anything that allows you payment after service is as a courtesy.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New Jersey on
Q: Was it legal of my landlord to give me less than a week to get rid of my dog?

I live in an apartment in NewJersey. I have received a letter from my landlord telling my to get rid of my service dog in less than a week or else i will be evicted, is this legal? Can i take legal action against my landlord?

Marcel Wurms
Marcel Wurms answered on Aug 25, 2017

Landlords may not evict a tenant who houses a qualified service dogs.

You can disregard the letter. If he does take you to court, bring your medical diagnosis and the dog's certification.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is there anyway to get my dog back from my ex-neighbor who legally took my dog during a move? We've had him for 3+ yrs.

I have had this dog for over 3yrs, my sister even has papers stating he is ours but during a moving situation (house to house) our ex-neighbor (whom is on drugs.) Legally took our dog. What can we do?!

Michael A. Conte
Michael A. Conte answered on Aug 11, 2017

I would try first asking him for the dog. If that doesn't work, bring your papers to the police and tell them what happened. They may assist you retrieve your dog and/or at least investigate further.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: i got my now ex-fiance a dog for his bday. On the dog's adoption, it has my name. Do i have any rights to see him?

Although he was a gift we always said he was our dog. I was always mom and he was always dad. We both took care of him but now after the break up he doesn't let me see him. He always stayed with him as my house was in renovations. So his main living arrangement was at his house. But i would stay... Read more »

William N. Sosis
William N. Sosis answered on Jun 15, 2017

You really need to think hard about how much you want to see the dog. Since you were never married, the dog is not marital property and therefore not something you should pursue. Realize that you have no "rights" to the dog (even if s/he has your name). And, if it's not too objectionable, you might... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: MY NEABORS DOG RUNS AROUD THE FENCE AND TRYS TO ATTACK MY WIFE AND DAUTER MY DAUTER IS TRAUMTISED BY THE SITUATION

THE DOG OWNER CALLS THE DOG BACK TO HIS YARD AND TELLS IT GOOD GIRL.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 11, 2017

Unfortunately you need an injury/damages to have a PI case but maybe one for harassment.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for New Jersey on
Q: If I care of someone's dog for a set period and they won't comeback for him, is that animal cruelty and can call police?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on May 20, 2017

Maybe only a judge can determine that, but here is a question for you. What if the person states he gave you the dog?

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